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RE: [greenyes] An explanation

Hi Jerry ~

The question should really be "why don't recyclers fight to get rid of the
subsidies". Instead, I see them asking for subsidies for their programs.

I wouldn't expect the integrated producers to want any of their subsidies to
be reduced. But even conservative and libertarian groups want these
subsidies eliminated.

And worse, why don't recyclers want to go to an environmental valuation fee
system like that used in other countries? This would "internalize the


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jerry Powell [mailto:jpowell@no.address]
> Sent: Friday, September 10, 2004 11:35 AM
> To: greenyes@no.address
> Subject: [greenyes] An explanation
> John and Richard: One reason why the removal of virgin tax
> subsidies does not receive wide support among consumers of
> secondary materials is that more than half of the recyclables
> collected in the U.S. are consumed by integrated producers
> (those who use both virgin and secondary materials). In
> newspaper recycling, the two largest users of ONP are Abitibi
> Consolidated and Weyerhaueser, both integrated producers. In
> aluminum cans, it's Alcoa and Alcan. In fact, only a fairly
> small portion of secondary materrials is used to make
> all-recycled-content products. There's no 100-percent
> recycled glass bottle, there's no all-recycled corrugated box, etc.
> _______
> Jerry Powell, Editor and Publisher
> Resource Recycling Magazine
> E-Scrap News
> Plastics Recycling Update
> P.O. Box 42270
> Portland, OR 97242-0270
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> ;
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